School Council This Monday… We Need Your Feedback!

School Council plays a vital role in the success of Muir Lake School students and we are always looking for more people to get involved and provide us with feedback. We are asking for all parents to take just a couple of minutes to complete this survey. The survey should take under five minutes to complete and thank-you to those who have already completed it. Your input will guide our planning for next year. Thank-you in advance for taking the time to provide us with your thoughts.

We would also like to invite you to the School Council meeting Monday, June 9 at 7:00 pm. Among other things, one thing that will be highlighted is the FRIENDS For Life program that is running here at Muir Lake School. FRIENDS is a program designed to build resiliency in students and is an acronym for the following:

F – Feelings
R – Remember to relax
I – I can try! I can do my best!
E – Explore coping plans and solutions.
N – Now reward yourself.
D – Don’t forget to practice
S – Smile and stay calm for life

FRIENDS is being delivered in hundreds of classrooms across Canada and has been well received by teachers, parents, and students. We hope to see you there tonight!

BYOD 1-to-1 Parent Information Session Dates & Info

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are excited to be continuing with the grade 4 through 9 1-to-1 Technology Learning Initiative. This initiative is to have our students learning with access to their own electronic device (chromebook, laptop, etc.) both in the classroom and at home. We have now completed our second year of the program and continue to receive positive feedback. Both staff and students involved in the initiative have reported a great impact on learning.

  • increased student engagement and motivation
  • improved organization and academic achievement
  • increased creativity, innovation and opportunity for student choice
  • increased collaboration and communication among students, staff, and parents
  • improved digital literacy and digital citizenship skills
  • improved preparation for students future

This 1-to-1 technology program is a bring your own device (BYOD)  initiative. We are encouraging students to bring a laptop they already own or purchase a laptop to use in the classroom. If you are looking for more direction and information about the program or some guidance on what to purchase please visit bit.ly/mls1to1. Here you will find links to additional information and resources such as our 1:1 Technology Initiative Frequently Asked Questions.

We will be offering two parent information sessions where we will be sharing the initiative in greater detail. The information sessions cover:

  • why this is important and how it impacts student learning
  • our journey to implementation
  • student, staff, and parent feedback from current participants in the initiative
  • details of the program and opportunity for question & answers

The BYOD 1-to-1 information sessions are scheduled for Wednesday May 28th from 6:00 to 7:30 and on Thursday May 29th from 3:30 to 5 pm. All parents are welcome, but it is especially important for parents of students entering into grade 4 next school year and any parents of new students to attend. Please take 1 minute to provide feedback by visiting bit.ly/BYODInfoSession to help us plan for these sessions.

We are very excited for the learning opportunities and possibilities this initiative is providing for our students. We value your input and appreciate your partnership with us to continue to work together to create powerful learning environments for our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or school administration.

Please indicate when and if you will be attending!

This is especially important for:

Grade 3 parents

Parents of new students

Click the link or fill out the form below

Accountability Pillar Survey

feedbackAs an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we’re equipping students for success.

The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys of students, parents and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; and provincial assessments of student learning.

In of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey.  Parents of students in grades 4, 7 and 10 will receive a survey from Alberta Education and students in grades 4, 7 and 10 and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school.

All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school.  In addition to English and French, the parent survey is available in Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Cree, Korean, Spanish and Tagalog.

Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving, so we encourage you to return your survey promptly.

Survey results will be available to school authorities in May 2014, and will be reported publicly as part of their 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports.

Resiliency Project Family Wellness Survey

Parkland School Division (PSD) believes that the health and wellness of staff, students and families is important to the development of the whole child. We also recognize that student wellness is a complex issue and needs to be supported and promoted by their families and therefore our Parkland School Division Resiliency Project would like to extend an invitation to parents and families to become actively involved. In order for the Division to provide meaningful resources and supports, your input is important. A short survey has been posted to the Muir Lake School website and is also available by clicking HERE. Please answer the survey questions to help us learn how Parkland School Division can support the health and wellness of our students and their families.

Your support and input is needed and will be greatly appreciated. The survey closes October 31, 2013. Responses will be tallied and published on the PSD website under the Resiliency Project link early in November.

Emilie Keane, Associate Superintendent,
Parkland School Division No. 70

1 to 1 BYOD Parent Information Sessions

We are excited to be extending our 1-to-1 Technology Learning Initiative into the 2013/2014 school year. This initiative will continue to have our students learning with access to their own electronic device (chromebook, laptop, etc.) in the classroom to be used when it is the best tool for the learning activity. This 1-to-1 pilot began with our grade 9 and grade 4 classes; however, we are excited to expand this initiative to invite all of our students from grades 4-9 to participate.

Research indicates and we believe that creating a 1-to-1 learning environment will:

Accountability Pillar Survey

As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we’re equipping students for success.

The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys of students, parents and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as drop-out and high school completion rates; and provincial assessments of student learning.

From January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey.  In January, parents of students in grades 4, 7 and 10 will receive a survey from Alberta Education.  In February, students in grades 4, 7 and 10 and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school.

All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school.  In addition to English and French, the parent survey is available in Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Cree, Korean, Spanish and Tagalog.

Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving, so we encourage you to return your survey promptly.

Survey results will be available to school authorities in May 2013, and will be reported publicly as part of their 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports.